Hip-Hop & Mental Health

With so much going on in the world right now, keeping your mind right is essential.

In this digital age, everyone is constantly being bombarded with information and visual content. It can be overwhelming, coupled with the personal stresses that we all deal with, especially for those involved in entertainment and lifestyle-based professions.

Last week, Kid Cudi revealed to the world that he’d been struggling with depression and suicidal urges and checked himself into rehab.

In a lengthy Facebook post, he wrote, “My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I don’t trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace.”

Since then, a couple other musicians have come forward to discuss their mental health.

On Sunday (Oct. 9), TDE rapper Isaiah Rashad sent out a few tweets, encouraging fans to reach out to others when they feel depressed. The next day, which also happened to be World Health Awareness Day, Kreayshawn shared an old video of herself speaking on her experience with anxiety and the ways that she has coped.

This year’s A3C festival & conference in Atlanta hosted a panel discussion about mental health in hip-hop. The panelist included Deb Antney and Ashley Reid, who both discussed their mental health and how how they’d been impacted by suicide.

This is a much needed dialogue, particularly in the black community and the hip-hop world. Many deal with mental health issues alone or don’t even realize it. All in all, the underlying message in the things that have been said recently is that mental health can not be dealt with alone.

Below is  Isaiah Rashad’s tweets and Kreayshawn’s video. Let’s keep the conversation going!